ODU Football News and Notes: Vaughan, D.J. Simon honored

odu logoVaughan named CFPA National Punt Returner of the Week: Old Dominion University senior Antonio Vaughan was named the College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week, the CFPA announced on Tuesday.

A native of Ahoskie, N.C., Vaughan returned two punts for 70-yards in ODU’s 17-3 win over Eastern Michigan, including a 46-yard return that put ODU on top 17-3.  Earlier in the game, he returned a punt 51-yards for a touchdown, but it was called back for a penalty.

Vaughan became the first Monarch in school history to return two punts for touchdowns and is just nine receptions from passing Nick Mayers as the school’s all-time leader.

The Monarchs open Conference USA play on Saturday by traveling to Rice for the first C-USA game in school history on Saturday, Sept. 20.


D.J. Simon named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week: Old Dominion University senior linebacker D.J. Simon was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, C-USA announced on Monday.

Simon becomes the first Monarch football player to earn a C-USA Player of the Week honor.

Simon had a career-high 11 tackles and half a tackle for loss in ODU’s first home FBS game and win. The three points allowed was a record low while the defense gave up 215 yards, the fourth fewest in school history.

For the season, Simon is tied for the team-lead with 24 tackles, second on the squad with three tackles for loss and one sack.

The Monarchs travel to Rice on Saturday, Sept. 20 for the first Conference USA game in school history.







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